Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria has signed a Multi-year Service Agreement (MYA) with GE for its 650MW Afam VI combined cycle power plant located in eastern Nigeria.
The agreement covers planned maintenance for the three existing GE GT13E2 gas turbines as well as one GE steam turbine.
The order includes GE’s MXL2 upgrades to help increase the plant capacity by up to 30MW while increasing its efficiency. In essence, the work to be done is expected to improve the plant’s availability, reliability and output for up to 200,000 Nigerian homes, while decreasing its operational costs.
“At optimal performance, the Afam VI plant can provide up to 15% of the total national grid-connected electricity, this agreement will ensure we reach this performance objective and deliver much needed power to the national grid, says Philip Mshelbila, General Manager, Gas of SPDC. “Since its commissioning in 2008, Afam VI Power Plant has delivered more than 25.97 million Megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity into the Nigerian market and won an award by the United Nations for reducing carbon emissions through environment-friendly operations.”